Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an area of public education that focuses on providing students with opportunities in high skill, high demand and high wage areas. Appalachian State University prepares individuals to teach students about these areas at the middle and high school level, at the postsecondary level, in industry and through cooperative extension agencies. Appalachian is the only institution in the state that prepares CTE teachers, and is widely recognized as providing top-quality teachers for the public schools.
Just as young people need to be taught how to read, write or calculate, they also need education in business, marketing and financial literacy, family and consumer sciences literacy and technological literacy.
We offer five certification tracks:
- Business, Finance and Information Technology Education
- Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Technology, Engineering and Design Education
- Trade and Industrial Education
In Career and Technical Education (CTE) - Family and Consumer Sciences Education, students address all areas of family and consumer sciences including family living and parenting, child development, apparel and textiles, housing and interior design, foods and nutrition, and consumer education. Students wishing to gain additional competence in a particular area can minor in child development, nutrition or apparel. Since many of our students become teachers, students learn to incorporate innovative instructional strategies, manage labs and implement career and technical student organizations.
Transfer students or students who have completed Community College courses related to a specific skill area should contact the program director to determine if these courses can count toward a program of study at Appalachian.
Employment: Career opportunities are abundant for Family and Consumer Sciences Education majors. Students are typically hired throughout North Carolina as well as in surrounding states such as South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. Family and Consumer Sciences educators are able to teach a variety of courses in grades 6-12 ranging from Foods and Parenting & Child Development to Interior Design and Apparel & Textile Production. A list of all courses that graduates can teach in North Carolina is located on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s website.
Graduate School: Other Complementary graduate programs include:
- Curriculum Specialist: Master of Arts (MA)
- Educational Media: Master of Arts (MA)
- School Administration (MSA)
This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification in North Carolina. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.
If this applies to you, check the Professional Licensure webpage for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at App State at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-262-7559.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
North Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education (NCACTE)
Appalachian Educators - open to all education majors; sponsors service events and provides professional development and leadership opportunities.
Student North Carolina Association of Educators - a pre-professional organization for college students interested in a career in education.
Chi Sigma Iota - the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators.
Kappa Delta Pi - the national honorary education fraternity.
Orchesis - the expressive arts honor society, which sponsors activities throughout the year.
Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (SAFCS)
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) - students are actively involved at the local and state level.
View all student organization contacts
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society. Opportunities for education majors include international student teaching.
Admission to Appalachian’s Teacher Education Program is required.
- Graduates are hired quickly and often have multiple job offers.
- Appalachian is the only institution of higher education in North Carolina to offer a degree in Career and Technical Education.
- This program has a long-standing commitment to excellence in CTE teacher preparation and is well-respected at the local, state, national and international levels.
- Faculty and students are actively in involved professional and student organizations related to Career and Technical Education.
- This is a small, personal program in which teacher candidates take courses and participate in field experiences together for four semesters. All students are known well by each other and by the CTE faculty.
*The Hickory Campus location is pending accreditation from SACSCOC for this program. Accreditation is expected in summer 2023.
- Middle and high school teachers
- Community college instructors
- Adult educators in community agencies
- Private school teacher
- Educator in business or industry
- Career center instructors
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Jerianne Taylor